Dagenham v Fleetwood preview

Chelsea are without captain John Terry for the visit of

Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but City skipper

Vincent Kompany undergoes a late test.

Terry is missing for the Blues after he picked up a knee injury

against Liverpool two weeks ago.

Daniel Sturridge missed the defeat to Juventus with a hamstring

problem, but Fernando Torres could return to the starting XI after

being benched in Turin.

New manager Rafael Benitez is without midfielder Frank Lampard

as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Manchester City captain Kompany (knee) will be given a fitness

test ahead of the trip to Chelsea after suffering injury late in

the midweek clash with Real Madrid.

Striker Mario Balotelli, dropped for the defeat of Tottenham a

fortnight ago, has been training after being forced out of the last

two games by a back injury.

Left-back Gael Clichy (ankle) is back in contention while

midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) edges closer to a return but

right-back Micah Richards (knee) is still out.

A First Tier Tax Tribunal this week delivered a majority verdict

in favour of the Ibrox side, who were facing a claim by HMRC in

relation to the use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

The decision could have an impact on an SPL-appointed commission

inquiry into alleged undisclosed payments to Rangers players under

a previous regime which centres on EBTs.

If found guilty, Rangers could be stripped of titles.

The hearing was set to take place earlier this month but has

been delayed, with no new date set as yet.

McCoist believes the scrapping of the probe would provide

closure on a turbulent period in the Light Blues’ history.

He said: “I would be extremely hopeful that common sense would

now prevail and they would drop it.

“That would be the ideal situation and we could all start moving

forward again.

“All we want is an opportunity to start again and move


“If they did that, there would certainly be closure on that

point and we could start again.”

On the verdict, McCoist added: “From the club’s point of view,

it’s one we hoped we would get.

“The over-riding feeling was satisfaction and pleasure.

“We feel it was the right decision and we’re delighted with


Sam Williams and Brian Woodall are competing to replace Dwight

Gayle in attack for Dagenham.

Gayle, seven-goal top scorer for the Daggers, this week joined

Championship side Peterborough on loan until January, with a future

permanent deal a very real possibility.

Williams is the man likely to get the nod alongside Jake Reed in

attack having already bagged five goals himself this term.

Otherwise, manager John Still has no new injury or suspension

problems to contend with and boasts a full-strength squad.

Teenage attacking midfielder Josh Wakefield arrived on a

month-long loan deal from Bournemouth ahead of Thursday’s window

closing and he will hope to make the bench.

The Daggers, who did not play in midweek, will be aiming to

bounce back after the disappointing nature of last weekend’s 3-2

defeat at Burton.

Fleetwood hope to welcome back Steven Gillespie.

The four-goal forward has missed the Cod Army’s last five

fixtures with a hamstring problem but has returned to training and

is being closely assessed by Micky Mellon.

But fellow striker Jon Parkin is still struggling with his

hamstring problem and will not travel.

Midfielder Alex Marrow and defender Shaun Beeley have recovered

from illness and are expected to be involved after the pair missed

Tuesday night’s defeat to Accrington.

Andy Mangan and Anthony Barry are both still sidelined with knee

injuries, while 21-year-old forward Alex Titchiner has been

recalled from his loan spell at Halifax and is in contention.

Brazilian forward Branco made his Fleetwood debut in midweek as

a second half substitute and is pushing for further